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Songbook Review: Time Not Forgotten
Rhonda Mackert
Cover image of the songbook Time Not Forgotten by Rhonda Mackert
Time Not Forgotten
Rhonda Mackert
2018 / Rhonda Mackert (Studio R.M.)
65 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Time Not Forgotten is the companion sheet music book for Rhonda Mackert’s 2018 album by the same name. All twelve piano solos from the album are included, transcribed note-for-note to match the recordings. None of the pieces are especially difficult, and I’d put them all at a later-intermediate to early-advanced playing level. The scores are very roomy, well-spaced and printed on a heavier paper that still allows for easy page turns and should hold up longer than lighter-weight papers. The front cover is a full-color reproduction of the beautiful CD artwork and the printed book is spiral-bound.

I really like the variety in the music and this is my favorite of Rhonda’s five albums (so far). Quoting from my review of the recording: “Time Not Forgotten is a collection of twelve original pieces inspired by Mackert’s memories of experiences and events in her life from childhood forward. Overall, the album maintains a relaxing and calming pace with a spirit of optimism and positivity - things we can all use more of!” Metronome settings, pedaling suggestions, and descriptive playing instructions are all included. There are no reaches of more than an octave, and none of the key signatures are difficult. This is a very nice sheet music collection for pianists of any age and should bring many hours of playing enjoyment! It is available in printed books or downloads of the full book or single pieces from www.RhondaMackert.com. Highly recommended!

The titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:

Dancing Through My Memories - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Walking Among Giants - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 6 pages
Time Not Forgotten - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 4 1/2 pages
Molokini - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
Monsoon - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
White Cliffs - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 1/2 pages
Spring On Grayrock Mountain - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 6 pages
Chasing Fireflies - Key of F (1 flat) - 6 pages
Healing Places - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
Dreaming of Sedona - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
Skipping Stones - Key of F (1 flat) - 4 1/2 pages
Free Floating - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/ D minor (1 flat) - 4 1/2 pages
September 22, 2018
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